Tanzania Media Development

A community of journalists who can raise awareness and create lasting support for conservation

Wildlife Workshop held at African Environment in Arusha for Tanzanian journalists for conservation. Supported by Serengeti Preservation Foundation, facilitated by Tira Schubert (former BBC journalist) and Sue Philips (former Aljazeera), Georgina Goodwin (Kenyan photojournalist) and Meyasi Molle (Serengeti Preservation Fdn).

Journalist conservation workshop held in Arusha

The Challenge

There is a perfect storm of population growth, climate change, water supply, and poaching that is destroying Africa’s habitat and wildlife at an alarming rate.

Tanzania in particular has a remarkable natural heritage is vital to its development. But there is little awareness, understanding, and appreciation of critical issues among its citizens.

 Tanzania lost 60% of its elephant population in the past five years. Yet there was almost no coverage in the country of this tragic loss.  

What’s more, China has entered the picture and is now funding five “communications universities” throughout Africa that will train journalists for its own purposes, which may not involve conservation. And it has pledged to equip Tanzania’s media houses.

Journalism and Media Development

The Tanzanian Journalists for Conservation is a newly registered organization that is the core of a new community. Along with our partner in Tanzania, the Serengeti Preservation Foundation, our goal is to expand this community and provide ongoing workshops, social media and online support, field trips, research opportunities, recognition, and awards.

oct16_meyasi_groupFour workshops with two field trips to national parks have been held, giving a strong core of support to build on. (Right) Meyasi Meshilieck, Director of the Serengeti Preservation Foundation, provides instruction to journalists.

Wildlife Workshop held at African Environment in Arusha for Tanzanian journalists for conservation day trip to Tarangire National Park. Supported by Serengeti Preservation Foundation, facilitated by Tira Schubert (former BBC journalist) and Sue Philips (former Aljazeera), Georgina Goodwin (Kenyan photojournalist) and Meyasi Molle (Serengeti Preservation Fdn).

On safari in Tarangire National Park with journalists.

Many journalists know little about their protected areas and wildlife.

Further reading

China promises to equip Tanzania media houses

China will support the construction of five “Jiao Tong” (“Jiao Tong” means “Communications”) universities in Africa.

Workshop video